Sizing John to have Curragh workout ahead of return

Mon 10 Dec 2018

Sizing John is set for a workout at the Curragh ahead of returning to action at Leopardstown for the first time in a year.

Trainer Jessica Harrington wants to give the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero an away day before his comeback in either the Paddy’s Rewards Club ‘Sugar Daddy’ Chase over two miles and a furlong or the three-mile Savills Chase.

Watch again how Sizing John won the Gold Cup in 2017

It was in the latter race a year ago that Sizing John put in a below-par performance when sent off the 9-10 favourite, and he was unable to defend his Cheltenham crown in March due to a fractured pelvis.

Harrington reports the eight-year-old to be on course for a Christmas return.

“He’s in good form. He’s going to work tomorrow,” said the County Kildare handler on Monday afternoon.

“He was going to work today, but the ground was too quick at Punchestown.

“He’s going to do a bit at the Curragh just to get him away from home.”

On Christmas plans, she added: “He’s in both races. We’ll see how he is and what the ground is like.”

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